OAKVILLE, ON, June 12, 2013 /CNW/ - The recent findings contained in the
2013 Wait Time Alliance Report Card highlights that Ontario continues
to lead the country in reducing CT and MRI wait times, said Ontario
Association of Radiologists' President, Dr. Mark Prieditis.
"CT wait lists have experienced the second consecutive year of
improvement increasing access for Ontario patients according to the WTA
Report Card and a greater degree of access to MRI services," said Dr.
"This has come about as a result of much hard work, including the
Ontario government's decision to consistently approve more CT and MRI
scanners across the province to address proven patient care needs.
Additional overtime funding demonstrates that MRI wait lists are being
reduced making a diagnosis available sooner so that vital treatment
such as surgery, radiation and chemotherapy can be delivered faster."
Dr. Prieditis said that these investments, in partnership with Ontario
radiologists and hospitals charged with delivering the services to
thousands of patients, mean that cancers and other leading causes of
death are being diagnosed by radiologists earlier, resulting in better
treatment while also contributing to health care system savings.
The Wait Time Alliance, a consortium of national medical associations
reported that Ontario is the only province in Canada to demonstrate an
improvement in CT and MRI wait lists across Canada. Ontario's CT and
MRI equipment is scanning patients every day of the week for extended
hours, and in many cases 24 hours a day. Ontario's radiologists triage
all CT and MRI requisitions as they are received to ensure the tests
are appropriately ordered before an appointment is scheduled. The
results are dramatic.
"Less than 10 years ago CT wait lists were 8-12 months long versus
today's average of 35 days, and in many cases much less. MRI waits
used to be 12-18 months and are now 63 days on average. This dramatic
reduction and measurable improvement in patient care came about because
the Ontario Ministry of Health listened to the advice of Ontario
radiologist experts about how to effect change and provided the
necessary tools so that better care was delivered sooner and locally,"
said Dr. Prieditis.
SOURCE: Ontario Association of Radiologists
For further information:
contact Anne Parsons at the Ontario Association of Radiologists